Everything You Need to Know About the Yale University Art Gallery

Yale University Art GalleryIf you foster a deep appreciation for art and history, we highly recommend a visit to the Yale University Art Gallery!

Located in New Haven, CT, this local attraction is the oldest university art museum in the western hemisphere. It features a permanent collection of ancient and present-day artwork. This includes a wide variety of rotating exhibitions, educational programs, and more. Whether you’re an art fanatic or just want to enjoy something new during your visit to Connecticut, a trip to this historic museum is a must!

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Yale University Art Gallery Permanent Collections

One of the most interesting things about the museum is located right in the main building! This part of the museum was designed by architect Louis Kahn, and after a complete 14-year renovation has nearly 70,000 feet of space. Within this vast gallery, you’ll find a wide variety of other permanent exhibits. This collection was founded in 1832 when the patriot-artist John Trumbull gave more than one hundred of his paintings to Yale College. Since that time, the collection has grown to more than 200,000 objects ranging from ancient times to the present day. The permanent collection includes African art, American decorative arts, American paintings, and much more. From coins and medals to prints, drawings, and photographs, there are plenty of pieces that will take your breath away.


The Yale University Art Gallery features a variety of rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Current exhibits include “Before the Event/After the Fact: Contemporary Perspectives on War.” It offers a wide-range examination of the representation of war in contemporary photo-based practice. “Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope” is an innovative approach to the theme of exile for artists who left their homes at birth.

Although exhibits are always changing, you can take a look at what’s currently displayed on the Yale University Art Gallery website!

Programs and Tours

Lectures, performances, artist talks, and film screenings are just a few of the thought-provoking programs offered at the museum. Guests can also enjoy guided or self-guided tours of the collections to learn more about original works of art. Visit the online events calendar for dates and times of upcoming programs.

Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments

The Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments is another must-see! Located just a short walk from the gallery, this division of the Yale School of Music was established in 1900 by a gift of historic keyboards from Morris Steinert. The museum is now home to keyboard instruments from three centuries, stringed instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri, and Stainer, and more. 

In addition to presentations made to Yale classes, the Collection offers tours and lecture-demonstrations by appointment. They even have an annual concert series that uses instruments from the Collection. The museum is open to the public during regular visiting hours.

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